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2019: Atiku Plays Scenario Where He is President

Former Vice President, Atiku Abubakar has begun passive campaign moves for the presidential seat, come 2019. In a series of remarks from a number of public appearances and publications, Atiku has continued to show his interest in becoming the President of the Federal Republic.

Most recently is his statement that he would use all at his disposal to ensure that Boko Haram does not take place in any part of Nigeria if he were president. He made the remarks at the commemoration of his 70th birthday in Yola, Adamawa state, on Tuesday, November 15.

He was speaking at his University, the American University of Nigeria (AUN), where he distributed relief materials to Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs). He recalled how a similar insurgent uprising was crushed when he served as vice president under the Obasanjo administration in 2002.

Atiku has also at another time addressed the issue of Obasanjo’s 3rd Term agenda, which he said was in fact a plane by the former president to install himself as a lifetime president of Nigeria. Many years after he parted ways with his boss, he has admitted to opposing him.

Similarly, Atiku opened up on the seeming lingering quarrel with current Kaduna State governor, Nasir El-rufai and the former Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commison, Nuhu Ribadu, whom he claims to have brought into the government of President Olusegun Obasanjo.

Atiku claimed that the two men, who allegedly connived to work against him, had refused to show any form of appreciation to him, despite his disposition to them.
Atiku and Obasanjo

He also gave reason Ribadu must go on a public television station to avow that he was not a corrupt person in order to earn his forgiveness. Atiku’s claims are contained in the current edition of the EFCC Magazine, Zero Tolerance released in Abuja on Monday November 14.

The former Vice President denied allegation that he was corrupt, claiming that if he was, he would have been convicted before now. He also said he had become popular among Nigerians, having held sway in politics for over 25 years.

He said: “My offence was simply that I disagreed with him on the amendment of the Constitution to remove tenure or term limits or what was popularly called third term agenda. In fact, Obasanjo sent the then Attorney General of the Federation, and Jerry Gana to my office to bring me the draft of the amendments to the constitution.

“After going through, I found out that tenure limits had been removed. In other words, he could be president for life. I now asked them, ‘if I send you to the President can you deliver this message’? And they said ‘yes’. I said ‘go and tell him I will not support it and I will fight it.”


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